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ERIC Number: ED084647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
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Systematic Rotation of Principals Among Schools. An ERS Information Aid.
Stemnock, Suzanne K.
Although the practice of rotating principals among schools (i.e., systematically reassigning principals among schools on a regular basis) has been the subject of much rhetoric, a sparsity of research on this subject has been reported in the literature. Consequently, in a 1973 survey of the 585 school systems in the nation enrolling 12,000 or more pupils and a selected sample of 201 smaller school systems, a question was included to discover if a school district had a procedure that calls for the systematic rotation of principals among schools on a regular basis. Copies of available policies or guidelines governing the rotation procedures also were requested. Replies were received from 468 of the 786 systems, and the statements of all the respondents to the inquiry favored the systematic rotation of principals and centered around the phrase "for the professional improvement of the principal." The rotation of principals initially was reported by 25 of the respondents; however, in a followup mailing to the 25 school systems, three reported that their replies had been in error, two indicated that their rotation systems rarely were used, and five did not respond. The remaining 15 school systems responded affirmatively to both the inquiry and the followup mailing. This publication is based on the 15 affirmative responses, on information from selected journal articles, and a study completed by the Minneapolis Public Schools. (Author/EA)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Elementary Schools, Information Dissemination, Literature Reviews, Principals, Public Schools, Rotation Plans, School Districts, Secondary Schools, Surveys
Educational Research Service, Inc., 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209 ($2.00)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.